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Main Purpose of Job

To assist the Soil Conservation District in the design and implementation of Best Management Practices involving survey, design, layout, and construction check of installation in conjunction with the agricultural land owner or operator and to promote water quality programs.


The Maryland Department of Agriculture is recruiting to fill vacant Soil Conservation Associate II positions within the Office of Resource Conservation. Individuals hired into these positions will perform technical work requiring a working knowledge of soil and water conservation principles, practices and methods and engineering. Duties include survey, design, layout, and construction checks of project installation. Work is done in conjunction with the agricultural landowners or operators. Incumbents will assist Soil Conservation Districts in the design and implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs), and determine BMP eligibility for Maryland Cost Share (MACS) funding and/or co-cost sharing the abatement of non-point source (NPS) pollution by agricultural sources. The incumbents will also perform site evaluations for cooperators on agricultural land to address soil and water conservation needs. Considerable time is spent outdoors under varying climatic conditions, often in isolated rural areas requiring arduous physical activity. The eligible list generated from this recruitment will be used to fill vacant Soil Conservation Associate II positions throughout the State. Please indicate on the application those counties where you are interested in employment.


Education: Graduation from a standard high school or possession of a state high school equivalence certificate.

Experience: One year of experience related to soil and water conservation in such areas as surveying, drafting, construction, or agricultural work.

1. One year of additional experience as defined above may be substituted for the required education.

2. Applicants may substitute education at an accredited college or university at a rate of 30 semester credit hours per year with at least nine credits of course work in engineering, construction, drafting, surveying, science, agronomy, or mathematics or any combination thereof, for one year of the required experience.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the minimum qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Credit may be given for relevant part-time, temporary, or volunteer experience, if you list the number of hours worked per week. For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted with your application. You must be legally authorized under the United States Immigration Reform and Control Act to be hired in the position for which you apply. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

Online applications are highly recommended, however the paper application may be submitted to Md. Dept. of Agriculture, Human Resources Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401. The paper application must be received by 4:30 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. The rating will be based on your application; therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position to show that you meet the minimum qualifications for this recruitment.


The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.


It is preferable that college transcripts or high school diploma/GED be submitted by uploading. If unable to upload, then additional documents may be submitted by either faxing them to 410-841-5846, or hand delivering or mailing them to MD Dept. of Agriculture, Human Resources Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401. Please indicate the recruitment number and classification title on the documents.

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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